Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)
1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204
The very first cohort of the Greenspaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team!
A few members of the 2009 cohort celebrate their graduation.
Jr. GRUNT is a free year round program which connects teens to nature from Mt. Hood to the Coast!
Applications for GRUNT 2015 are online NOW!
Naturalist & Leadership Training That Leads to Environmental Careers
GRUNT 2015 Applications are due February 28!
GRUNT is a volunteer naturalist and job skills program that leads to paid work and long-term career counselling. Our goal is to diversify the environmental field by getting urban teens interested in nature, and providing the job skills and work experiences they will need to be successful. We begin with a volunteer naturalist training program, then build on skills and knowledge with paid summer work and school-year internships. Since 2008, 200 students have graduated from the GRUNT program! All graduates are eligible for ongoing access to resources, including resume help, career counseling, and networking for jobs within PP&R.
GRUNT has 4 major components:
|Environmental Science||Job Skills||Stewardship||Outdoor Adventure|
|Birds||Conservation Education||Invasive Plant Removal||Beach|
|Ecology||Cover Letter Writing||Habitat Restoration||Hiking|
|Fungi||Education Techniques||Trail maintenance||Kayaking|
|Habitats||Career Exposure||Leave No Trace||Ropes Course|
|Nature Awareness||Interview Practice||Mulching||
Stand-up Paddle Boarding
|Macroinvertebrates||Interview Preparedness||Pruning||Whitewater Rafting|
|Plants, Native||Paid Work||Amphibian Monitoring||Wilderness Survival|
|Plants, Invasive||Volunteer Internships||Fence Building|
|Water Quality||Resume Writing|
|Wildlife Tracking||Professional social media presence|
Students apply for GRUNT in either the 8th or the 10th grades. There is an application & interview process.
Information for GRUNT Graduates
Once you complete GRUNT, you may stay involved until age 24. We have frequent opportunities to explore nature, develop advanced job skills, network with employers and reunite with your friends from GRUNT. Keep in touch! email@example.com 503-823-3601
Opportunities for GRUNT, YCC, and Jr GRUNT graduates
The ECO Internship program encourages young adults to deepen the environmental science and leadership skills gained through GRUNT and YCC. Teens receive long-term mentoring, job skills training, and paid work. They are empowered to discover new strengths and interests by exploring a variety of "green" internships, from amphibian research to environmental education and urban forestry. Our goal is to expose teens to the variety of natural resources career opportunities and to provide supportive, challenging experiences where they can learn skills they will need to be successful in work, school, and life. Internships are offered by PP&R and partner organizations, and occur during the fall, winter, and spring. A highlight for many teens is the Spring Break Internship.